Lent day 4: Bullies
When Jesus reached Jerusalem, he entered the temple area. He began chasing out those who were buying and selling there. He turned over the tables of the people who were exchanging money. He also turned over the benches of those who were selling doves. He would not allow anyone to carry items for sale through the temple courtyards.
Then he taught them. He told them, “It is written that the Lord said, ‘My house will be called a house where people from all nations can pray.’ (Isaiah 56:7) But you have made it a ‘den for robbers.’ ” (Jeremiah 7:11)
The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard about this. They began looking for a way to kill Jesus. They were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching. – Mark 11:12-18
If you are not a Christian (or even if you are [what the hey!]), what’s your biggest “beef” with Christianity? Chances are, it’s not our claim that Jesus is the Son of God who lived a perfect life, died on a cross, and came back to life 3 days later so all humanity could be redeemed. You may not believe it, but it probably doesn’t anger you. People believe all sorts of crazy things. I know a guy who believes vanilla ice cream is better than chocolate. God bless him – he has every right to hold that outlandish belief. 🙂
Chances are, the way a Christian (or perhaps a church) treated you has left a bad taste in your mouth. Maybe you’ve seen people twist the Bible in a way that justifies hate (or, at the very least, disdain) toward a person or group of people. They always seem to hold the moral high ground. Their views are always right and they don’t even seem willing to at least try seeing things from another perspective. They are basically bullies, and if that’s what Christianity is then you want no part of it.
Thankfully, that is not what true Christianity is. When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He did not attack the government of His day as many people hoped He would. He instead turned His attention toward His religion. The temple system had become corrupt. It was designed to keep people out rather than invite people in. Something had to be done.
Jesus came to usher in mercy and justice for all.